US: GM to add 400 jobs at three plants image

According to a study conducted by the Center for Automotive Research, the US automaker should add around 400 jobs this year at three of its plants that were initially stopped during GM bankruptcy and later reopened.

According to the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, in the study financed by the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, the assemblies in question, GM’s Orion Assembly plant, Pontiac’s Metal Center in Michigan and Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee had 3,000 workers in 2013, a number set to increase to 3,400 throughout 2014.

“The UAW was concerned that GM ‘may have exited too much capacity in certain segments,’ and negotiated this special status to enable GM to respond quickly to an upturn in U.S. demand and to avoid increases in GM’s captive imports to the United States to satisfy increased demand,” CAR said.

During GM’s crisis, the company wanted to close the three plants, but the UAW persuaded GM to place the facilities on “stand by,” allowing them to be later reopened. Chevrolet Sonic — the first small car to be assembled in the US — and the Buick Verano are made in the Orion plant, while the Spring Hill facility – constructed as a Saturn plant – was retooled for production of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover.